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The appeal of the Volvo S60 has increased enormously with the introduction of a 99g/km model

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Volvo S60
The Volvo S60 is offered with an impressive new D4 diesel engine

An all-new diesel engine aims to give the S60 saloon class-leading stats

6 February 2014

What is it?

The Volvo S60 D4 is the most frugal yet, and the first Volvo to record emissions below 100g/km. The new D4 is the first S60 to use Volvo’s new family of engines, a clean-sheet design built and designed by Volvo.

In time, Volvo will replace its entire engine line-up with two engines – one petrol and one diesel – with four diesel power outputs ranging from 120 to 230bhp. The 178bhp model tested here will become the third in that range, so despite those 99g/km emissions, it gives a tantalising taste of things to come – not least because the design enables straightforward electrification.

The engine uses the latest fuel-injector technology from Denso, which allows fuel to be injected at 2500 bar rail pressure, some 500-700 bar more than most competitors. Each injector features a sensor, rather than a single sensor shared across all four, and permits more precise injector control. Volvo says it can inject up to nine times per combustion cycle.

Other technologies see a reduction in internal friction, improved thermal management and exhaust gas after treatment.

What's it like?

Excellent. On paper, it renders every other diesel engine in the range redundant. Its 6.9sec 0-62mph time matches the 2.4-litre five-pot-shod D5. Its 74.3mpg official figure on the combined cycle makes it the most frugal in the range.

That not only makes it a superb choice for the private buyer, but an impressive money saver for the company car driver. Choose the entry-level Business Edition model and it’ll cost 20 per cent tax payers £53.99 a month - £35.80 less than a BMW 320d SE.

That new 2.0-litre mill is punchy and offers excellent straight-line performance, especially when you consider those running costs. Those that shed a tear when Volvo announced an end to its five- and six-cylinder engines will be pleasantly surprised to find a distinct lack of four-pot diesel clatter. And there’s a smooth power delivery too.

The steering is accurate and smooth, offering reasonable feedback, and it grips well too. It’s all very Volvo, but little more than that.

But the S60’s trump card, particularly in the Business Edition and SE-spec models with their smaller wheels, is the way it rides. The pliant suspension soaks bumps, and there’s an exceptional level of mechanical refinement meaning the engine note – and wind noise – are both well isolated.

Should I buy one?

Yes. Subjectively and objectively the new D4 DRIVe engine turns the dial on an already appealing compact exec.

It may lack the dynamic finesse of a BMW 3-series or Audi A4, but there’s kudos for not following the Teutonic crowd. And those running costs, particularly for company car drivers, are increasingly difficult to ignore.

Volvo S60 D4 SE Nav

Price £29,395; 0-62mph 6.9sec; Top speed 143mph; Economy 74.3mpg (combined); CO2 99g/km; Kerb weight 1580kg; Engine 4 cyls turbodiesel, 1969cc; Power 178bhp at 4250rpm; Torque 295lb ft at 1750-2500; Gearbox 6-speed manual

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6 February 2014
There hav e been mutiple volvo models below that mark, fyi

6 February 2014
I'm sure the C30 Electric, whilst not offered in the UK but in other parts of Europe, officially produced less than 100g/km? So the new S60 doesn't have the lowest emissions of any Volvo.

6 February 2014
Quite right volvocu i think the v40 under cuts its rivals at 84 co2. Another result from Volvo im sure there will be an even more econonical version too in time.

6 February 2014
Given the performance on offer and the size of the car itself.

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6 February 2014
I hope the new auto box Volvo are developing will complement this range of engines and not impact negatively on emissions. If they can get that right then its good times ahead for Volvo.

6 February 2014
Fox Terrier wrote:

I hope the new auto box Volvo are developing will complement this range of engines and not impact negatively on emissions. If they can get that right then its good times ahead for Volvo.

The new 8 speed auto is already out mate, and has been tested on other sites, its slightly dirtier than the manual (109g/km) but still cleaner than its German rivals, and is said to be a vast improvement on the current 6 speed geartronic unit.

6 February 2014
I find the 0-60 time hard to believe considering the power and weight of the car.

6 February 2014
Motormouths wrote:

I find the 0-60 time hard to believe considering the power and weight of the car.

Volvo quote 7.4 secs for 0-62 for the manual and automatic versions of the S60 D4.

6 February 2014
The running costs are fine when you look at MPG figures, wait until you take your S/V60 for a service, and your muppet Volvo dealer relieves you of over £300 for little more than an oil change. After waiting 3 hours longer than quoted you question the costs and they inform you it's Volvo uk's fault for making them supply 12 months breakdown cover with each service, this is on a car which came with three years cover from new?

6 February 2014
Know exactly where you are coming from! Our dealership quoted £260 (S80) for a minor service oil/ oil filter. Possible updates or no possible updates it will be going to a smaller garage for around £100!

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